Archive for the ‘Videos’ category

“Stay Right Here”

November 27, 2011

We’re going to “stay right here” and take a stand against corporate greed and its plutocratic influence over our  government and its devastating effect on our economy and our lives.

This song by labor balladeer, Dave Rovics, may well become the theme song for the Occupy Wall Street Movement.


No Banker Left Behind

September 4, 2011

Thank you, Ry Cooder.



Ry, perhaps we could ask you to write some songs about insurance companies, austerity programs, the government and big business attack on public sector unions, the decline in working and middle class incomes, the growing income inequality gap in the United States, the need for progressive taxation, the creation of jobs, and the protection of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, to name just a few of the many pressing issues that we are confronted with today.

Thank you.

Industrial-Military Complex Hex

December 21, 2009

Speaking of industrial-military complexes (see recent posts on Dwight Eisenhower’s warnings of the rise and abuse of industrial-military complex power) …

I was reminded of a song produced many years ago by the Steve Miller Band on an album entitled Number 5. The song is Industrial-Military Complex Hex. It, along with Jackson-Kent Blues Blues and I’ll Never Kill Another Man, were surprisingly anti-war. Of course, it was 1970.

Fast forward to 2009 ….


Industrial MIlitary Complex Hex

Feel like I’m livin’ under some kind of hex
Livin’ in here in this industrial military complex
Doesn’t really help when I read Time magazine
Cause they only distort the scene
The sky is so hazy I can’t even see the sun
Livin’ here is like livin’ under a gun
I really do wonder ’bout the United Nations
Why don’t they face the situations


I’m a troubadour
Lookin’ for a dream
I’m a troubadour
Lookin’ for some dream

Lord, I’m so tired of payin’ all of these dues
From Sunday to Sunday all I hear is bad news
Tired of the war and those industrial fools
Got to make it better cause I’ve got nothin’ to lose


Ain’t too clear to pay my income taxes
‘Specially when I know it goes to kill the masses
Love to hear the President make it perfectly clear
How the donkeys and the elephants are police up here

I’m a troubadour
Lookin for a dream
I’m a troubadour
Lookin for some dream

Lord, I’m so tired of payin’ all of these dues
From Sunday to Sunday all I hear is bad news
Tired of the war and those industrial fools
I’ve got to make it better cause I’ve got nothin’ lose
Won’t somebody help me cause I’ve gotten in my shoes
Those industrial military complex blues

(Steve Miller Band, Number 5 , 1970)

Eisenhower: Caught On Tape

December 21, 2009

Here is as excerpt from President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell speech from office in 1961 in which he issues a warning about the growth of the military-industrial complex and the abuse of power.


The Story of Stuff

December 19, 2009

The Story of Stuff

Extraction … Production … Distribution … Consumption … Disposal = Materials Economy

Waste Resources … Waste People

Work … Watch … Spend

It’s the story of stuff.

Laying Low

July 10, 2009

I have not posted anything for quite some time and actually had to go through quite a process to recover my password. Now that I can get back into the scottspeak blog, I hope to be writing and posting some new things.

Traffic You Enjoy On A Monday Morning

January 19, 2009

I never had the pleasure of seeing Traffic live but I always enjoyed their music. One album in particular, “The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys”, was released in 1971 and was a great album.

The video of the band performing the title cut was recorded in 1972. Steve Winwood is pianist and vocalist.

“The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys” by Traffic

(Thanks again, YouTube.)